Beta Programs


In addition to official and publicly available releases, Communications APIs also offer releases that allow customers to evaluate upcoming features before their General Availability. The following beta programs are available:

  • The Open Beta program offers a test environment of new features that are available two to three weeks prior to General Availability
  • The Closed Beta program offers features that are not ready for Open Beta, but require early customer engagement
  • The SDK Beta program offers new versions of Client SDKs

The beta programs are independent from each other; if you wish to test only the Client SDKs or only the backend features, you can choose to participate in one program. However, some Client SDKs that are offered in the SDK Beta program may require using the latest backend version that is available only in the Beta program. Likewise, some backend updates may require the SDK Beta.

As the beta program releases are created for the sole purpose of customer evaluation, Dolby does not provide any warranties, whether express or implied, as to the stability of the products. Dolby will not be liable for any loss, whether direct or indirect, special or consequential, suffered by any party as a result of their use of the beta products. The beta releases are not fully tested and should not be used in production environments that are delivered to end-users.

Joining programs

The Open Beta program is always available; you can join the program at any time. The Closed Beta program is not available to all customers and you must contact the Dolby Support team to test these features. The SDK Beta program is available only before the official SDK releases. All SDKs that are currently available in the SDK Beta program are mentioned in the SDK Beta section. In this section, you can also find instructions on how to access and start testing these SDKs. If you wish to know more about upcoming beta releases and new features, contact the Dolby Support team.

Open Beta Communications APIs currently offer the Open Beta feature(s):

None at this time

To join the program and test the pre-GA backend features, enable the Open Beta program in the dashboard:

  1. Click the LOG IN link located in the upper right corner of the page, and log in using your email and password.
  2. Click the Media & Communications dashboard tab in the top menu.
  3. Select your application name from the Home or Applications category located on the left side menu.
  4. Click on the Settings tab.
  5. Scroll down to the Open Beta Program section, toggle the Sign up for the Open Beta Program option, and click the Save Changes button.

Closed Beta

Closed Beta applies to features that are further away from GA than an Open Beta, but are ready for early customer engagement. Closed beta features generally require additional field testing and will be available to a limited number of customers. Communications APIs currently offer the Closed Beta feature(s):

None at this time

You will not be able to sign up for the Closed Beta program directly from the dashboard.

SDK Beta Communications APIs currently offer the following SDKs:

  • Virtual Worlds plugin for Unreal Engine 1.2.0: Support for the ability to modify participants' names and avatars in a conference, select the noise reduction level, modify participants' voices in real time, obtain a client access token from a URL, use new text chat functionalities, get the current screen share source, select the video codec, and blur the background of the local camera feed. You can find beta releases as well as the full list of changes on GitHub.

Providing feedback

Should you encounter any bugs, glitches, lack of functionality, or other problems, please notify us immediately. To provide feedback, go to the support portal and open a new ticket.